Top 10 Quotes by Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

Poetry cannot be translated; and, therefore, it is the poets that preserve the languages; for we would not be at the trouble to learn a language if we could have all that is written in it just as well in a translation. But as the beauties of poetry cannot be preserved in any language except that in which it was originally written, we learn the language.

Samuel Johnson
When we see our enemies and friends gliding away before us, let us not forget that we are subject to the general law of mortality, and shall soon be where our doom will be fixed forever.
Samuel Johnson

Rash oaths, whether kept or broken, frequently produce guilt.

Samuel Johnson
True enjoyments also keep people from vice.
Samuel Johnson

I have found men to be more kind than I expected, and less just.

Samuel Johnson
Nothing concentrates one's mind so much as the realization that one is going to be hanged in the morning!
Samuel Johnson

Genius is that energy which collects, combines, amplifies, and animates.

Samuel Johnson
It generally happens that assurance keeps an even pace with ability. Samuel Johnso
Samuel Johnson

Superfluous lags the veteran on the stage,Till pitying Nature signs the last release,And bids afflicted worth retire to peace.

Samuel Johnson
Once a coxcomb, always a coxcomb.